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United Conservation Ambassador Network
As an update from the Lowell Conservation Ambassador, the Middlesex Community College Ambassador created a club on their campus called, The United Conservation Ambassador Network, which is a group that is going to educate the students, faculty, and staff about the school’s Zero Waste Zone in the cafeteria. On, December 2nd, Yerkely Gomez, Emmanuel Appiah, Abraham Jackson, and I did a presentation (click here for copy) with John Terry regarding the Gulf of Maine Institute and how the conference impacted our lives. The presentation was done towards President Cowan, president of Middlesex Community College, members of the Lowell Police Department, and many other people. It was a great success and now we look towards the mini-conference in March.
Stay tuned to future update.
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These are two of fifty turtles that were rescued off of Cape Cod assisted by information provided by drifters, a project in which GOMI teams are involved.
Two hundred pound Loggerhead and a Kemp’s Ridley
November was a perfect opportunity for the Digby Neck / Islands Gulf of Maine Institute team members to do some clearing and cleanup along the Freeport Community Development Association’s Fundy View Trail. After the youth were finished the trail is spruced up for winter travel and ready for next spring! This is a fabulous coastal trail with beautiful views to the West
GOMI is not fully funded by anyone. To keep the program running it takes a full effort by the Board, the President, the Teams and Individuals. TD Bank has been most generous over the last 10 years with providing base funding. However, diversity of funding is expected and required to make this work. If you are reading this, you are a GOMI supporter as a student, a team member, an alumni, a team leader, or an interested person.
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Just off the press!
Having received a report that the Newburyport drifter was still transmitting from near Black Rock and Canada Creek, Dan Earle and Sue Hutchins drove up on Wednesday, November 6th to assess the situation. The coordinates were accurate but the location was down a steep drop off the highway to a platform that was still 30 feet down cliffs to the water. This coast is very rugged volcanic rock. The narrow beach is usually accessible at low tide, however, it was high tide and there were steep headlands blocking access. So, they had to come home.
However, while at Canada Creek harbour they met David Taylor, retired, who lives in Black Rock. He was headed out on a fishing trip but said he would take a look when the tide was low. He went out on Thursday with no luck but we did get a report that the transmitter had reported from a location closer to Canada Creek than before. So, it was probably floating around when he was looking. We received a call this morning, Friday, that he had found the transmitter attached to a piece of the central shaft. Yea! Success!
James Manning (NOAA) subsequently had a long conversation with David. They discussed that fact that lots of debris get hung up off his shore in what the local fishermen apparently refer to as the “cedar swamp” and then, occasionally, under certain rare conditions, it all comes ashore. James told him we have a number of drifters that have got caught in this for months and have documented this unusually strong retention zone.
Anyway, the story ends here. James thanks all for the efforts in getting this unit recovered. David is going to send the transmitter to him in the mail and he will send him an email with the website. David will receive a thank you letter at the end of the year along with all the other fishermen and beachcombers who have assisted in the 2013 recoveries.
It seems that the three GOMI drifters we built this summer have served their time. While active they did produce useful information to the overall project. Either the transmitters wore out, or, more likely, the drifters were destroyed by natural forces or went ashore.